Jobs Created Are Low Paid

While the recent trend towards lower unemployment numbers in the UK is good news new research published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that 80%  of jobs created in the UK since 2010 pay less than £8 per hour.

It argues that this is having a severe impact on the career progression of workers who are facing underemployment and low wages. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said that the quality of the jobs available is just as important as boosting the employment numbers.

She stated: “Working people deserve a fair share of the benefits of recovery. Otherwise, there is a risk that the poorly paid, insecure contracts that were seen as a pragmatic response to recession will become a permanent feature of the labour market”.

“We need to start seeing healthier pay rises and more high quality jobs created. Otherwise, this joyless recovery is going to pass most people by.”

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that wages have risen, albeit by less than one per cent. According to the ONS figures, average weekly earnings excluding bonus payments rose by 0.8 per cent when comparing July to September 2013 with the same period a year earlier.

Sc: TUC; CMI; MGBA; UKBA

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